I have spent my entire school career in Nashville, AR School District starting at The Little Red School House for my kindergarten year. I graduated from Nashville High School in 1981.
From there I went to college at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR. I graduated from there in Dec. 1984 with my Bachelor of Science in Education Degree. I have a double minor in Early Childhood Education and Middle School Math.
I later took a few graduate classes at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR; however, when Southern Arkansas University started a program for certification in Library Media I transferred down there to earn my Master's in Library Science.
Degrees and Certifications:
BSE in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)
Early Childhood Education (Pre-K--4)
Middle School Math (Grades 7-8)
MSE Library Media (Grades Pre-K--6)
MSE Library Media (Grades 7-12)
+18 Graduate hours in Counseling/Administration
PET (Program for Effective Teaching)
Wright Group Whole Language Literacy
Math Their Way Training
Accelerated Reader Program Training
Standardized Testing Meetings
Crater of Diamonds State Park - AR Content Standards Frameworks
Teaching the 5 Essential Elements Through Shared Reading
Word Processing for Math & Science Teachers
Dealing with Bullying
Teaching Geographic & Ethnic Diversity in the AR History Classroom (Elem)
Weaving Technology into Your Classroom
Writing to Read Training
Scholastic Book Fairs Trainings
Use Your Digital Camera to Enhance Your Curriculum
Using Arkansas Traveler
Using the Arkansas State Library Website
Using United Streaming
IDEA (Individuals with Diabilities Education Act) Training
Arkansas IDEAS (Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas) Training
Arkansas Library Media Frameworks Committee
Introduction of New Library Media Frameworks & New Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks
Best Practices for Today's Elementary Library Media Specialists
Professional Learning Communities
Pathwise Mentor Training
Music & Literacy Connection
Librarian Tested, Kid Approved - How to Incorporate Fun-to-Read Picture Books into our Standards
Characteristics of Highly Successful LMS (Library Media Specialists)
Cloudy With a Chance of Learning - Cloud Computing with Web Browser & Internet
Igniting a Passion for Reading - Confessions of a Reading Arsonist
Internet Safety Education
Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers
New Release Books from Junior Library Guild Your Students Will Love to Read
Reading...It's Not Just for Kids
Online Resources for Teaching AR History in the Elementary Classroom
"Target" Your SLEs (Student Learning Expectations) and "Hit" a "Bulls-Eye" with Your Lesson Plans!
Using Flip Cameras in the Classroom
"I Can" Lady - Mamie McCullough
Battle of the Books Meetings
So Many Books, So Little Time!
Edmodo, Schoology, & Moodle, Oh My!
iPads & iPod Touches - How to Use Them to Prepare for CCSS (Common Core State Standards)
Computing in the Cloud
Thank You Google!!!
Do You Have a Story to Tell?
Trends in Library Services and Programming
ADE (Arkansas Department of Education) Update: What School Librarians Should Knowe About the Common Core Standards
Current Arkansas Diamond Book Awards Nominees
Follow the Road to Storytelling & Dress for the Ride!!
Courting the Muse - author, Sarah Weeks
Glogster: Better Than PowerPoint
Follett Shelf & eBooks
Destiny User Group
Faces of Washington - author, Carla Killough McClafferty
Follett Destiny Library Automation Training
Charlie May Simon & Arkansas Diamond Award Books
Common Core: Navigating the Big Shifts for Librarians
I CAN Do That Online?
When Reading Is Hard: Why Students Need Strategy Instruction
That's Impossible...Isn't It?
Online Resources for Research
Tools for Engagement
TESS (Teachers Evaluation and Support System)
TESS Training for Library Media Specialists
Touchdown TESS! for Librarians
Revised K-12 Library Media Curriculum Frameworks
Meddling Mama's & Proud Papa's: What to do...
Picture Books - Science
Short & Sustained Research K-5
Virtual Field Trips (Symboloo App)
So Many Picture Books, So Little Time!
Doing What Works: Literacy & Teaching Strategies for the Next Level
K-5 Text Dependent Questions
Dyslexia Awareness Training
Gabbart Communications School WebsiteTraining
Talking Techie with Techies - CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) Training
Makerspaces (STEM) in the Library
Conferences attended: AECA (Arkansas Early Childhood Association), ARA (Arkansas Reading Association, ArLA (Arkansas Library Association), AASL (Arkansas Association of School Libraries), AAIM (Arkansas Association of Instructional Media), Children's Services Workshops for Arkansas public and school librarians
I have been married to Dewey (a wonderful man that God sent into my life) for 30 years (1988-now).
We are blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, Samantha and Staci. Both went through Nashville School District and on to college. Samantha graduated from SAU in Magnolia, AR and earned her Master’s degree from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, AR. She married the love of her life, Adam and became a 1st grade teacher in Mineral Springs, AR. They have a 3 year old son named Sawyer. Staci graduated from HSU in Arkadelphia, AR with a major in Social Science 7-12 (History) and a Minor in Music (Vocal). She enjoyed being in the HSU Concert Choir. She is now teaching World History for Southpike County School District at Murfreesboro High School campus.
I do not have any pets at my house right now. Samantha, Adam, and Sawyer have 3 dogs, Speck, SJ (Speck JR), and Rascal. They also have 3 cows and 2 horses. Staci has a cat named Lou Lou at her house. In the past I have had dogs, cats, fish, and guinea pigs. I enjoy getting to "pet sit" for my family and neighbors when they go out of town. My neighbors have dogs and cats with kittens. They have also had fish, hermit crabs, turtles, and a hedgehog!
I use to keep busy with my daughters' school activities - band and choir concerts, competitions, football games, and Winterguard trips. Also, church activities kept me on the go - Junior Bible Quiz; Kid's Camp; Youth Camp, Lock-ins, Rallies, and Trips; Missionettes' sleepovers; Fundraisers; Outreaches (Wild West Fun Fest); etc. Now that those activities have slowed down, I have fun hanging out with my grandson, Sawyer.
Some of my hobbies are watching TV and movies, hanging out with my girls, fishing with my husband, and collecting moose.
I'm just starting to appreciate and learn how to use some of my mom's many sewing machines.
I would love to camp and travel more (maybe when I retire.)